Hall-of-famer, Barry Sanders grew up in Wichita with his ten siblings. He spent his summers practicing for game night right here on our soil. Fast forward 20 years later his older brother Byron Sanders, who also played football, has a mission to inspire kids to work hard and reach their goals.
“Byron always says, there’s more to life than just sitting inside being comfortable,” said Sam Stewart, Sanders’ mentee. “You got to become uncomfortable to get something in life and to accomplish something that’s worth doing.”
Sanders trained Stewart throughout his high school career. After he graduated, he went on to play football at Lafayette University in Pennsylvania.
“I was a linebacker all four years,” said Stewart. “In high school I was one of those kids who laid around all summer but once I realized I was good at the game, sports became everything to me.”
Stewart told KSN that sports changed his life, academically and physically adding that having the mindset to win means summer is the best time to get to work. However, both Stewart and Sanders say, you don’t have to be a student athlete to work towards reaching your goals. Sanders told KSN that he believes committing to discipline through working out, helps one to be disciplined in other areas of their life.
“I’ve been coaching and training for 20 years,” said Sanders. “It’s all about the mindset of these kids, it’s not about whether they play sports or not it’s about teaching them the value in working hard and showing them that they can get results.”
Sanders trains throughout the year but hopes that he can inspire more people to start reaching their mental and physical goals by working out and staying focused. Next week Sanders kicks off his eight-week training course for kids. If interested you can email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org